Quite remarkable medical breakthroughs have been made by the teams at Great Ormond Street and their colleagues in other research institutes, but the need for research funds remains desperate. The bone marrow research teams cannot afford to do much of the work that requires them to collaborate with industry colleagues and that is crucial to taking their work forward. By directing funds from the OSCAR Campaign appropriately, we intend to help them to do that.
Oscar is now 19. Eleven years on from the experimental treatments that saved his life and that have saved the lives of others since him, he is employed full time as a chef, cooking banquets in the livery halls of the City of London. Good news stories like Oscar's really are only possible thanks to fundraising that enables research to go beyond the funding available from the public purse.
About the OSCAR Campaign:
The OSCAR Campaign raises funds towards areas of urgent need at Great Ormond Street Hospital and its research partner, the UCL Institute of Child Health. The campaign is raising money to support priority areas of research which will improve children’s lives worldwide.
The campaign is led by Phil Parry, Chairman of Spinnaker Global, whose son Oscar was diagnosed with leukaemia at just three years old. Oscar received three life-saving transplants at GOSH, one of which was a ground-breaking stem cell transplant. He is living proof of the importance of pioneering research. Had he been in the same situation a year earlier, it is unlikely he would have survived.
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